Around Kent By Ann Kardos

By Ann Kardos Published:

I always mention businesses and events that make the city of Kent one of my favorite places in the world. What I have not mentioned enough is the school district.

I grew up in the Kent City School District. My husband and I chose to raise our family in Kent. We made that decision knowing that the real estate may cost a little more, but the education that our children would receive here would be worth it.

Our three children are attending Theodore Roosevelt High School and Stanton Middle School. The teachers and faculty have encouraged and inspired my kids -- and maybe your kids, too -- to think, to create, and to love to learn. Thank you, Kent City Schools.

But, even more than that, I thank everyone in the community for being dedicated to raising up kids with a heart for learning.

Thank you for realizing the importance of good schools.

Thank you for your sacrifices and support.

------

And now, I would like to take a moment to brag about my sister, Beth (Gorczyca) Ryan. Here is a press release from the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General:

"West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that his office has hired Beth Gorczyca Ryan to serve as director of communications for the Office of Attorney General. After serving as the managing editor of The State Journal for the past five years, Ryan will join the Office of Attorney General starting on Feb. 11.

"‚ÄČ'I am extremely excited to attract someone of Beth's caliber to the Attorney General's office,' said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 'With more than a decade of experience in journalism, Beth will be an outstanding resource for the state, providing much-needed informational services to West Virginians on the many important issues being handled by the Attorney General's office.'

"As Director of Communications, Ryan will oversee all media relations, public outreach and consumer education announcements on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

"Prior to her service as managing editor, Ryan served as the senior staff writer for The State Journal for five years, leading several investigations and in-depth projects, including one that culminated in an in-depth series looking at problems within West Virginia's workers' compensation system.

"Before joining The State Journal, Ryan was the special projects reporter for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington for three years.

"While there, Ryan was the lead reporter on two award-winning series, 'West Virginia After Coal,' which was honored by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, and 'Home for Good,' which looked at the outmigration of young people from West Virginia and the impact it has on the state."

Not only did Beth graduate from Kent State University's School of Journalism, but also the Kent City Schools. Our town can share in her achievement. Well done, Beth!

------

Contact Ann Kardos at 330-931-9420 or ann@kentlogos.com.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.